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Nick Cave, Franz Ferdinand And More Pull Russian Tour Dates
Christian Eede , March 2nd, 2022 14:01

The move comes amid Russia's invasion of neighbouring Ukraine

A number of musicians have cancelled upcoming tour dates in Russia following Russia's invasion last week of Ukraine.

Among those who've pulled shows in Russia are Nick Cave, Franz Ferdinand and Iggy Pop. The Cannes Film Festival has also shown its support for Ukraine, releasing a statement that said: "It has been decided – unless the war of aggression ceases under conditions that satisfy the Ukrainian people – to not welcome official delegations from Russia or to accept the slightest presence linked to the Russian government."

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds had been set to play at Bol Festival in Russia on June 18, as well as the Palace of Sports in Kyiv on August 19. Both shows have now been cancelled, with the band releasing a statement that said: "In light of current events, we have no choice but to cancel our shows in Russia and Ukraine which were due to take place this summer. Our thoughts and love go out to the brave people of Ukraine, their heroic leader, and all those suffering from this senseless war."

It concluded: "Ukraine, we stand with you, and with all those in Russia who oppose this brutal act, and we pray that this madness is brought to a close soon."

Announcing the cancellation of their summer gigs in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Franz Ferdinand stressed their love of Russian culture but condemned the Russian government's invasion of Ukraine. "We love Russia," their statement read. "This great country has inspired our band through its art and literature and since we first played there seventeen years ago, we have built a rich and deep relationship with our Russian fans."

The statement continued: "Since Thursday morning, we have spoken to many of our friends in Russia via social media and have encountered unanimous opposition to this violence and solidarity with our Ukrainian friends. We know you see the madness of your country's leadership. We know you do not want war. We do not want war.

"Despite the tragedy of this situation, we still burn a flame of optimism in our hearts and look forward to the day when we can return in a time of peace to share the joy of music together again."

Iggy Pop, cancelling an appearance at a Moscow festival scheduled for July 10, said via Twitter: "In light of current events, this [cancellation] is necessary. Our thoughts are with the Ukrainians and all the brave people who oppose this violence and seek peace."

The Killers and Bring Me The Horizon are among other bands who've confirmed that they will no longer play scheduled shows in Russia this year.

Find details on how you can support those affected by Russia's invasion of Ukraine here and here.